Do you take OxyELITE Pro Super Thermogenic? You may want to think again before ingesting the dietary supplement, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that the product contains the antidepressant fluoxetine, better known as Prozac.
According to The Hill, the FDA said that consumers should not purchase or use the product in a safety warning, as it noted that it found the drug Prozac, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), in mail shipment packages it examined. “SSRIs have been associated with serious side effects including suicidal thinking, abnormal bleeding, and seizures,” the FDA said.
OxyELITE Pro Super Thermogenic is manufactured by USPlabs, which denied the FDA allegations hinting that the products that the agency tested were counterfeit. The product is marketed for sexual enhancement, weight loss and bodybuilding, and is often represented as being all-natural, the FDA said in its release.
Sadly, this is not the first time that USPlabs has been scrutinized for putting out an unsafe product. According to The Hill, in 2011, officials found an earlier version of OxyELITE Pro contained the synthetic stimulant DMAA.
Filing a Lawsuit Over a Defective Product
It is a scary thought that an over-the-counter dietary supplement could contain a dangerous prescription medication. However, this news does not shock many people involved in the pharmaceutical industry. Just last year, as we blogged about, CBS News reported that in a study of supplements bought online, researchers found products containing “hidden steroids, similar ingredients to Viagra and Prozac and a weight loss drug linked with heart attacks.”
Remember, if you are injured because of a recalled dietary supplement, it may be in your best interest to contact a defective products attorney. By obtaining counsel, you may be able to pursue damages that could help you pay for the costs associated with treating your injuries, as well as your pain and suffering.
Keep in mind, unlike prescription drugs, many dietary supplements are not held to clinical testing standards before being sold. Before taking a dietary supplement, it may be in your best interest to speak to a doctor.
Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys
Targan Talk: A 2014 study of 27 dietary supplements purchased online found that 18 contained ingredients not approved for over-the-counter use.